The Delaware State Police have arrested two men in connection with thefts from cars in the Milton area.
Detectives began their investigation on Tuesday February 11th after receiving reports of car break-ins north of Milton and in one case, two firearms were removed from an off-duty police officer’s vehicles. Another incident was reported when the victim had her purse removed from her car and was later located in a ditch near-by.
On Wednesday February 12th, troopers arrested Dakota A. Baker for shoplifting at the Wawa located on Wolfe Neck Road in Rehoboth. While conducting a pat-down search, the investigating trooper located two rounds of ammunition and some drug paraphernalia in a pocket. Further investigation revealed the rounds were the same type of ammunition used in the stolen gun from the previous day. Detectives were able to link Baker and his accomplice, Jeffrey R. Dempsey, to the theft of the firearms as well as two other car break-ins in the same area.
Dakota Baker was arrested February 12th on the charges of Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited (2 counts), Shoplifting, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and committed to SCI on a cash only bond. He was charged with the above listed crimes on February 17th and continues to be incarcerated in lieu of $424,100.00 secured bond.
On February 13th, detectives responded to an address on North Spinnaker Lane in Milton where Dempsey was known to stay with friends. He was not located at that time, but a back pack in the room where Dempsey was occupying contained one of the two firearms taken from the one of officer’s vehicles. Dempsey was later located that day at the McDonalds in Rehoboth where he was taken into custody without incident. Information was provided through interviews with the two suspects and the second weapon was located in a wooded area behind Colonial East development in Rehoboth.
Jeffrey R. Dempsey was transported to SCI and incarcerated on cash bond for Violation of Probation. He was formally charged on February 17th with the above listed offenses and was issued at $332,002.00 secured bond. He is still committed at SCI.
State Police learned that the suspects entered numerous other vehicles in the Milton area. The suspects entered vehicles looking for change or other personal items such as purses or wallets. In some cases, nothing was removed and no damage was done to the vehicles because they were left unsecured. In most of these cases the vehicles were parked in the victim’s driveways.
The Delaware State Police urge people to utilize the following tips:
Lock your car doors and roll up you windows
Do not leave valuables inside your vehicle
Leave outdoor lights on in the driveway or have security lighting installed
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If anyone has any information in reference to these or any other incidents involving the thefts from cars, they are asked to contact Det. D. Cathell at 302-856-5850 ext. 214 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."